ajb’s Holiday Reading Guide

As our children’s academic year in Jakarta draws to a close, we are making final preparations for the summer holidays with our families. But before we pack that last suitcase, we wish to share this final post with you. Today we present you with some holiday reading; in particular a hand-picked selection of our favourite ajb blog posts. We’ve also included Continue Reading

Pregnancy & Birth Traditions in Indonesia : Aulia’s story

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Around the world, when it comes to having babies, every culture has its own special customs. This is a topic we've been curious about for a while now, in particular we were keen to investigate pregnancy, birth and parenting practices of Indonesian women living in Jakarta. An opportunity presented itself to find out more while chatting with Aulia, the Continue Reading

A Journey Bespoke’s Escape to Belitung Island

Being relatively new to Indonesia, I hadn’t heard of the tropical island of Belitung until I read the book, Laskar Pelagi (The Rainbow Troops) a few years ago. Written by Belitung born Andrea Hirata, the story is set on the Island at the height of its tin mining prosperity. It follows a group of ten school children and their two inspirational teachers as Continue Reading

AJB’s culinary tour of Jakarta’s Chinatown district of Glodok

A traditional market or ‘pasar’ is integral to the daily lives of most Indonesians. Fresh fruit and vegetables are purchased here, along with spices ’bumbu’, as well as clothing and other household items. Of course, an impromptu catch up with friends at the local pasar is also an excellent opportunity to find out ‘what’s news’ (‘apa kabar’). In today’s A Continue Reading